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Rural Community Covid19 Awareness Initiative

Project Location: Malawi
Project Leader: Dalitso Chiwayula
Global Task Force Team Members: Khadija as the community connector, Youness from media and design team and Shristi from research team

Project Description

Basically, this project is civic educating the rural masses who have communication challenges due to deep rooted cultural practices which promote the spread of Covid19 in rural settings. The following are the issues which are being our project's countering:
1. Large number of rural masses do not wash their hands with soap.
2. There is a habit of shaking bare hands even when contaminated- some don’t understand contamination.
3. Continued habit of public spitting- many people do not understand the connection between public spitting and Covid19.
4. There is no voluntary health seeking after being exposed. 5. There is great resistance in rural settings to use face masks.
5. Culturally, there is a tendency of washing dead bodies with bare hands. There is also a misunderstanding on avoiding touching the face etc

Challenge

My community is facing many challenges and one of the biggest challenges is to adapt to the changing environment and circumstances.The economic development along with the progress of technologies made many people face so much changes in a short period of time.Actually,our society that was composed with only Arabic and Amazigh people became so diverse and we started having more immigrants coming from other countries in the African continent. I noticed that during the Corona period many of them were struggling and I was contacted by a friend of mine who told me that many of them actually have babies who need food and clothes

The Solution

I understand that the best way to help these people is to create a sustainable way for them to find an income and to be Independent, but great things are not done by impulse,but by a series of small things brought together.Many people will think that donating a small amount of food or some of their clothes is nothing but when it is done with love it can really make a difference in someone's life.

Project Leader Bio

Dalitso Chiwayula

Dalitso Chiwayula has 6 years’ work experience as Executive Director of Chipembere Community Development Organization (CCDO). As a director at Chipembere Community Development Organization, Dalitso is the overall in charge of the organization where, apart from initiating, designing, and implementing activities, he also provides leadership, administrative and financial guidance for the organization. Dalitso is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). He studied certificate in Civic Leadership at Kansas State University Staley School of Leadership Studies in the United States of America. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Malawi where he concentrated on socio-economic and political issues affecting rural communities. Dalitso also studied project management cycle, and is an accomplished project manager with over seven projects managed throughout his service as a director at CCDO. Dalitso is motivated by his commitment to sustainable social and economic development and he envisions a transformed society where the Rural Youth and young women have equal access to health services, economy and formal education.